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1. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

It's Christmas morning here, and I've just cooked bacon and eggs on the BBQ.

We have family coming over soon, and I'll soon be BBQing a turkey. I hope it cooks properly.

Merry Christmas

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Speaking of turkey, what are people's turkey-cooking rituals?

Over here, we're a little anal about keeping the turkey very hot or very cold. My Dad will freak if the bird's left out too long, as he thinks we'll all die miserably of some turkey-meat related disease.

However, in Belfast my in-laws buy the bird raw and keep in on the counter for days, as there's no room in the fridge (that poor woman has a tiny fridge for such a big family!), and my friend's in-laws, who are Italian, cook the bird and then leave it to cool in the oven for days... My Dad would have a bird if he had to eat at either place.

Anyone with stories to share?

(and Merry Christmas, james!)

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Do you BBQ the turkey whole or has it been cut into pieces before putting it on the grill? I do whole chickens but haven't done a whole turkey. And, did it work?

K's family does turkey for Thanksgiving. Christmas is dolma (stuffed grape leaves) on Christmas Eve and lasagna on Christmas Day. They used to do turkey for Christmas Day until a few years ago when the number of attendees declined. But, to answer the question - the turkey is roasted, then allowed to sit for 30-45 minutes to rest. Once it's carved and served, the rest sits out for another couple of hours until someone (well, K) dissects the rest of it. My family did things similarly, though it would sit out until all the company had gone home. That could be another 4-5 hours after dinner. By that time, everyone left was ready for a turkey sandwich so we'd all go in, help put the bird away and make the sandwiches. No one ever got food poisoning. Oh, and we all let the frozen bird sit out on the counter (or in my case, in a bucket in the bath tub so the cats can't get it) to defrost. The Good Housekeeping and Butterball people would shudder at that these days. That's okay - I don't read the magazine nor buy Butterball turkeys.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

They eat lamb here in Uruguay...I guess in deference to the nice little lamb that cuddles with Baby Jesus in the dioramas. Fills you with the good cheer.

Merry Christmas.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

I put the whole bird on a roasting rack and over a foil container.

I filled the container with 2 cups of water, and put the end burners on the BBQ on low and heated the BBQ to 160 degrees celsius.

I cooked the bird for about 50 minutes per kilo which ended up being about 2.5 hours.

I also topped up the foil container with water.

It was the first time I've done it and it was too easy. Pretty much set and forget which suits me fine.

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 7y

Merry Christmas to you all !!!!!

I had lots of cakes and cakes this Christmas !!!

I was in Elephanta caves on Christmas day, just an hours ferry ride from Mumbai:)

7. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We were in a game park in South Africa! Had a smoked turkey which was good b/c the power went out! hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!!